New Developments in Measurement of Social Inequalities in Health

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC15 Sociology of Health (host committee)

Language: English

The description and explanation of social inequalities in health are affected by the quality and availability of data on health and social processes. These challenges are compounded in cross-national studies attempting to make inferences across social contexts, where issues of data harmonization loom large. Presentations in this session will tackle questions such as: Which concepts are suitable to collect data that are pertinent, cost effective and easy to integrate in general surveys? Which approaches produce data that are less affected by selection effects (e.g., survivor bias)? Which social mechanisms produce biases in health data? What contribution may physical or biologic measures of health conditions (biomarkers) be able to provide for sociological inquiry? To which extent are mortality data suitable for health analysis? What barriers remain in gaining access to administrative or register databases in different countries?

This session invites both theoretical and empirical studies that investigate topics of measuring social inequalities in health. Comparative studies as well as national approaches are welcome.

Session Organizers:
Peter KRIWY, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, Amelie QUESNEL-VALLEE, McGill University, Canada and Lisa STROHSCHEIN, Canadian Population Society, Canada
Peter KRIWY, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
Oral Presentations
Income Inequalities in Health: A Latent Class Growth Mixture Model Approach
Andreea MOLDOVAN, University of Essex, United Kingdom; Michaela BENZEVAL, University of Essex, United Kingdom; Paul CLARKE, University of Essex, United Kingdom
Neighborhood Context and Health: Highlighting the Role of a Neighborhood’s Physical Environment
Kate CHOI, University of Western Ontario, Canada; Eugena KWON, University of Western Ontario, Canada
What Do You Mean By Gay? Measuring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Public Health Studies
Alex MULLER, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Kristen DASKILEWICZ, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Distributed Papers
Intergenerational Mobility in Relative Educational Attainment and Health-Related Behaviours in Europe
Alexi GUGUSHVILI, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; Yizhang ZHAO, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Social Class and Health in Canada: Can Sociological Theory Inform Data Collection?
Katrina FUNDYTUS, University of Calgary, Canada; Cheyanne STONES, University of British Columbia, Canada; Jenny GODLEY, University of Calgary, Canada; Peter PELLER, University of Calgary, Canada; Lindsay MCLAREN, University of Calgary, Canada
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